Not only is a publication by myxyzonline.com which seeks to pitch a Ghana Private Road and Transport Union, GPRTU, official in Ashaiman against the current government factually inaccurate, but malicious and unfounded.
The story in question is a publication of a live talk show hosted by Kwame Minkah on Power fm 97.9 mhz aired on Thursday July 9, 2020.
The untrue and what can best be described as ill-motivated publication which is creating disaffection for the official comes as a shock to both Ashaiman and regional executives of GPRTU, knowing the apolitical nature of the personality in question.
The reporter, Henryson Okrah in the last paragraph quoted one Samuel Amoah as the Ashaiman branch Chairman of the largest transport union, GPRTU, for stating unequivocally on air, his resolve to campaign against the Akufo-Addo government for being insensitive towards drivers in this era of the deadly coronavirus.
His comment according to the reporter is premised on the reduction of passengers as part of the COVID-19 protocols, coupled with recent hikes in petroleum prices yet the government is reluctant to adjust upwards transport fares, a situation which is stifling transport owners and operators.
“I have put P.A system on my car and have started a campaign for drivers to vote for change. I am entreating all drivers to step out and take part of the EC’s registration exercise because our votes will go a certain way this year,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ghanaianvoiceonline.com’s crosschecks and the available audio of the said programme reveal that, Samuel Amoah never made any such comment. Rather, another panelist, David Agboado who is the Public Relations Officer for the Concerned Drivers Union made the particular assertion, and has the evidence to show on his vehicle.
Also, the said Samuel Amoah is NOT the chairman of the Ashaiman GPRTU as mentioned in the story, but the secretary and welfare member.
Samuel Amoah speaking to the ghanaianvoiceonline affirmed his innocence and could not appreciate why the reporter would attribute a comment he did not make to him.
According him, he made a statement that drivers and transport owners across Ghana are unhappy with recent developments even though they understand the essence to reduce their passengers intake, GPRTU is non-politically affiliated and only registers its dissatisfaction as and when government’s policies impede their operations, irrespective of the government of the day.
By: Edward Sebbie